I find it ironic that Christians, while advocating the need for humility and self-effacement, often claim that because Jesus loves them, they are special. They will admit that Jesus loves everybody (even you and me) but somehow, they are special in the eyes of god. If everyone is special, then how could anyone be “special”?
I see this claim as the expression of the desire to be important, even to an unseen entity. They interpret anything good that happens to them as a result of god’s intervention; paradoxically, anything bad that happens is either directly from god or he allows it to happen because the sufferer needs to learn a lesson. Poor old Job did not even need to learn a lesson; he was the victim of a bet.
Many times, Christians have told me that I do not “understand” the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures according to their interpretations because god gave them the ability to understand. This assertion makes them superior, plain and simple.
I have a cousin who wrote on FB that god loved her “so much,” he kept a tornado at bay while she and her husband ate dinner at a restaurant. When they were safely down the road, the tornado hit. I guess god hated ALL of the people who lost their lives and homes—or, maybe, they needed to learn a lesson.
This is not confined to Christianity; yesterday, a pagan told me that he understood the beginning of the universe because of a “divine revelation” from Her, the Goddess. He said that everyone was present at the beginning because we are all a part of the goddess, but he just happened to remember it. I interpret this as him saying he is more spiritually advanced than the rest of us.